- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 30, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

You may know Chip and Joanna Gaines. They’re the ridiculously happy couple who flip homes in Waco, Texas, on HGTV’s highly addictive “Fixer Upper.”

They’re open about their Christian faith and often share the Gospel on their show. They gave their testimonials in a film this October called “I Am Second” — speaking about their obedience to the Lord, each other and family.

They’re also hugely popular — their show has been reportedly renewed for Season 5, and Season 4 debuted to stellar ratings.

“In an age of declining cable ratings, the series has become a rare breakout,” Hollywood Reporter said. “When the season three finale aired in March, its nearly 4 million-strong live audience topped everything that night — including the penultimate episode of FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson and a CNN town hall with Trump.”

A popular Christian couple, who profess love, and renovate people’s homes with magnolia wreaths and farmhouse sinks? They leave the left seething — so they must be taken down.

And that’s indeed what BuzzFeed is trying to do.

“Chip and Joanna Gaines’ church is firmly against same-sex marriage,” a headline from BuzzFeed news reporter Kate Aurthur read on Tuesday. “Their pastor considers homosexuality to be a ‘sin’ caused by abuse — whether Fixer Upper couple agrees is unclear.”

So essentially, Ms. Aurthur hasn’t done any reporting to know how the Gaineses actually feel about the topic, she — and BuzzFeed — just want to drum up a digital mob against the couple.

Jumping on the bandwagon, Cosmopolitan and US Weekly followed with similar articles — all citing BuzzFeed’s thoughtful journalism.

“Given the diversity of Fixer Upper’s audience, this is a startling revelation that has left many wondering where Chip and Jo stand,” Cosmopolitan wrote. It added their pastor — who the couple dare say is a friend — has made “dangerous” and “unfounded” claims against homosexuality, and called the 2015 Supreme Court decision on the matter a “biblical admonition.”

So it’s a startling revelation to these news outlets that Christians believe that God defined marriage, masculine and feminine, male and female, and therefore man can’t alter those definitions — they’re sacred.

How is this “journalism” not discrimination? By the left’s own standards, investigating a mosque in Orlando or New York City equates Islamophobia — but trying to take down a couple based on their Christian religion? No biggie. Christians are backwards, after all, and their beliefs need fixing.

The left is nothing more than an intolerant mob.

I for one, will continue watching and praising the Gaineses. More shiplap floors, wide smiles, fun flirting and masterful renovations, please. The world needs more of them.

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